Agrahara benefits also for retirees before January 1, 2016 | Daily News

Agrahara benefits also for retirees before January 1, 2016

As a result of the long-term efforts of Ministers Dinesh Gunawardena and Janaka Bandara Tennakoon, all public service retirees can avail of the ‘Agrahara’ Insurance Benefits. Cabinet approval given at the meeting held on August 30, 2021  to implement the previous Cabinet approval to provide benefits under the ‘Agrahara’ Insurance Scheme to public servants who retired before January 1, 2016.

The Leader of the House, Education Minister Dinesh Gunawardena states that this is a significant step towards making it practical for 271,551 who have retired from the public service before January 1,2016 to receive the Agrahara Insurance benefits. The first Cabinet Memorandum was tabled on July 7, 2020 by Minister Dinesh Gunawardena andPublic Services, Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon. Cabinet approval has been sought to extend the benefits of the Government Retirement Community under the ‘Agrahara’ Insurance Scheme, which was in operation only for public officers who retired from January 1, 2016, to the public servants who retired before January 1, 2016. It received Cabinet approval on July 22, 2020 and was also approved by the Board of Directors of the National Insurance Trust Fund.

Minister Tennakoon had submitted another Cabinet Memorandum to implement this, and to implement a single insurance scheme for all retirees of the State and Provincial Public Service. It was also proposed to make this system mandatory. It also proposed that the monthly premium contribution be Rs.600 and Rs.400 for retirees over 70 and under 70 respectively. Accordingly, with the approval of the Cabinet Memorandum, it has been possible to further expand the existing benefits and implement the ‘Agrahara’ Insurance Scheme applicable to all retirees who have retired from the public service.

 


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